|Exec John Brown gives Sheriff Dalrymple his badge|
As is the case with anything involving Northampton County, nothing went right. The ceremony was supposed to start at 11:30 am in Courtroom 4, but testimony was still being taken in a domestic dispute. This couple was going to walk into the arms of about 30 very large deputies, until someone realized they'd both keel over. So everything was pushed over to the next courtroom.
|Freemansburg Police Chief Todd Pantuso, has worked with Sheriff Dalrymple|
Then he asked Dalrymple for his Bible. But being from New Jersey, the closest thing he could come up with was a Bruce Springsteen CD.
|PJ Stephen Baratta jokes around with Brown and Dalrymple.|
He returned in a minute or two with the Holy Book, which was held by the Sheriffs' daughters as he recited the oath.
The coolest part, at least for me, was when it was all over and Sheriff Dalyrymple got his badge, a seven-pointed star that serves as a symbol of goodness in many religions.
Northampton County is one of just two counties in the state that appoint their Sheriff, instead of electing him. There is a growing sentiment among Council Democrats to return to an elected Sheriff, and legislation introduced on Thursday night will require all future cabinet officials and row officers to be county residents or commit to moving here within one year after appointment.
Lamont McClure, the sole Council member to oppose Dalrymple, has contended that the Sheriff's Office is a "constitutional" office who must stand for election and be a resident. Article IX, Section 4 of the Pa. Constitution does identify the Sheriff as a "county officer", but adds that those provisions have no application to "home rule" municipalities.
Updated 12:05 pm, to identify the Pa. Constitutional provision that does make the Sheriff a constitutional officer.